By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Matchroom Boxing chief took a world tour to scout out destinations for the super-fight, with AJ and Fury agreeing to meet for the first of their two bouts in the Middle East.
Team Fury are waiting for ‘certain assurances’ over the finances of the £150m fight, while Hearn says that the focus is now on building a ‘special’ new arena to host the event, with an official fight announcement expected soon.
‘They [Saudi Arabia] want to build a new stadium,’ Hearn told Sky Sports. ‘They have indoors options. In August at 11pm it will be about 23 degrees.
‘They want to create something very, very special. Last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000. This will be a similar set-up.’
Hearn added that the Saudis are looking to ‘shock the world’ with the specially-built venue.
‘They have the opportunity to hold it indoors but they want to create something that will shock the world. They want to build a stadium just for this fight.’
August 7 had been mooted as a potential date for the heavyweight fight, but Fury’s UK promoter, Frank Warren, says that the Olympics in Tokyo, where AJ’s trainer Rob McCracken is coaching, makes that date a no-go.
‘It definitely won’t be on August 7 because that’s when the Olympic games are on and that’s going to be a problem for TV,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘Besides that, you’ve got a UFC PPV in the States and UK.
‘So if it goes on, it’ll be on August 14. I don’t think the date is the problem at all, I think everyone’s agreed that can be moved to August 14.’